December 4, 2015

Theotokos: Friday of the First Week of Advent

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Theotokos: Friday of the 1st Week of Advent

“nothing is impossible for God” (Luke 1:37)

The glory of Luke 1:37 is the lens through which we see all of Luke chapter 1, for “nothing is impossible for God.” God can silence Zechariah. God can breath life in Elizabeth’s barren infertility. God can conceive His only begotten Son in the womb of a virgin. God can do anything, for “nothing is impossible for God.”

God loves to show off. The bigger the odds, the better God gets. Sarah’s old age. Moses’ Red Sea. Nebuchadnezzar’s fiery furnace. From Genesis 18:14 to Jeremiah 32:17, the Old Testament reminds us—present God with something impossible and God begins to show off. In fact, the limitless of God’s possibility is only magnified when we admit the reality of our limitations. When we admit we can do nothing it ignites God’s excitement that “nothing is impossible” for Him.

Perhaps you are in the midst of  “season” where you need a breakthrough or a miracle.  However, we often fail to relate those desires to God.  Perhaps you were “let down” in the past as prayers weren’t answered the way you expected.  Perhaps you feel distant from God and don’t believe that God will hear or answer your prayer.  Perhaps you feel unworthy of God acting such, as if God has other things that are more important. Ephesians 3:20 reminds us that “God can do immeasurably more in us than we could ever ask or imagine.” More than we could ever imagine. More than you could ever imagine.

Where do you need a miracle? Where do you feel nothing can happen? Spend some time with Mary and ask her to show you how she believed in miracles. Ask her to help you believe in miracles.

For your prayer

Mary would have often prayed with the Book of Exodus. Prep your imaginative prayer by slowly reading Exodus 14:10-14; 19-25 (emphasis on verse 14). Use your spiritual senses and imaginatively pray with Mary in Luke 1:37

“Father, I ask for the grace today to taste your power and possibility. I beg you to give me great desires so that you might reveal your glory.”

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